Saturday, March 7, 2009

Fed Up with Food Stamp Stories

I am sick and tired of the "try living on a food stamp budget for a week/month" stories. Yes, it's nice to see that we can get by on much less than we spend, but:

Food stamps are meant to be supplemental! They are not intended to be used alone to purchase food for an individual or family.

That's why it's called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Friday, March 6, 2009

What if....

It's becoming clear that the current events of our economy are changing fundamental aspects of how we live and work. It's made me wonder, what if....

... the corporation becomes obsolete, as more people, by choice or necessity, become entrepreneurs?
... colleges and universities become obsolete, with all the information in the world available at our fingertips? They might be replaced by accredited experts, which a student could cobble together or study under.
... people learned to cook again? The health and social implications of that would be astounding!
... paid cable TV gave way to free, advertising-supported internet TV? Combine this idea with community-supported wireless broadband, and you have something really spectacular.

So many possibilities. Hard times foster necessary changes, and maybe these hard times will make us stronger.